The prospect of bullying has expanded in today’s era, and once again, it has indulged in a person’s daily life events and practices. It is partly due to the increasing involvement of pupils on the grounds of technology that lends credence to cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a contemporary and an evolved model of the bullying root, which appears as a penetrating ordeal in the lives of more and more people.
In this modern time, social interaction via the Internet and mobile phones are the principal form of communication. There is no turning back from addressing this issue after cyberbullying impact on education has brought reports of various chronic problems in pupils.
How is cyberbullying carried out?
There is no doubt about the credibility of technology and social platforms in building constructive relations and connecting one person to another across thousands of miles. However, where society deems to find room for pleasure, it also finds room for ambiguous interests. Cyber bullying is profoundly carried out via text messages, emails, social networks, chat forums, blogs, and websites. It can go anonymously even without a revealed identity of a bully behind. Fake profiles, doctored images, hate speech and much more is often used to humiliate people, causing fear and shame of facing other people in school or college after their privacy, image or reputation has been vandalized.
Chronic anxiety & depression, personality disorders, shocking behaviors and their impact on education:
The first and foremost consequence of cyberbullying is fear and protest by a victim. While the latter reaction may seemingly not be common, fear inevitably overwhelms the pupils in most aspects of their lives. Pupils get succumb to anxiety and constant worry that what if the calamities are going to reappear. Teenage depression and detrimental personality disorders develop up. In a survey conducted in 2011 by CDC (Center for Disease Control):
• Weapons were recovered from over 15,000 cyberbullying victims at schools in the United States
• More than 7% of school community were injured or threatened by weapons by cyberbullying victims and bullies
• 20% of the students were reported to have been cyberbullied by school fellows
Lack of self-esteem, confidence, self-awareness and impact on participation in academics and non-scholastic activities:
Students who are laden with false ideas and vandalization of their image by bullies are often found to be lacking in self-awareness and self-respect in the longer run. The false extrinsic opinion befalls over a personal view of oneself and eventually combines to form an inflexible personal opinion about oneself. In education, this has loomed large in participation as students do not find them good enough or feel to lack in a certain potential to carry out activities and actively participate in competitions such as plays, sports, speeches, debates and etc. Their confidence takes a nose dive while the most common portrayal is their observed silence to questions by teachers of which they would even know the correct answers. Cyberbullying impact on education commonly brings cases of students lacking confidence that they dare not to speak about a particular subject during the classroom activity.
Prevailing consequences by cyberbullying’s impact on academic performance and classroom attendance
Once cyber bullying’s consequences get off the ground, the common reactions by students towards education simply decline in grades and school attendance. The psychological issues prevail to dismantle students’ concentration on studies and their potential to perform in examinations. Students also neglect their assignments and feel incapable of learning or doing well in a particular subject. Ultimately, this leads to warning scores. The abating grades and results further deteriorate their confidence and ability to study and perform better. A research by JAMA Pediatrics in the year 2005 brought an insight into effects of Cyberbullying where 20% of students who performed below average in the exams suffered from cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is often carried out by a student’s own classmates and in case, if this is found out by the victim, it gets increasingly difficult to cross eyes with the bully and live in their presence. Consequently, students prefer to avoid interactions and skip the school. Students also feel too overwhelmed with humiliation and cannot face their school community after their reputation has been worn out in front of them. The same report by CDC revealed that over 15,000 students felt unsafe to step in their school. In a research by Journal of Adolescent Health on the Students’ Perspectives on CyberBullying, it was revealed that 11% of students acknowledged as being victims of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying also brings an increasing number of school or college drop-outs, and ultimately lead to teen suicides and indulgences such as crimes.